Crypto chat app signal tests Instagram-like stories feature

The Signal encrypted chat app is becoming a bit more like Instagram, of all things.

The messaging app is testing an Instagram-like stories feature. The feature allows users to share an image, video or text with friends on Signal which will then expire after 24 hours.

“Stories are, of course, end-to-end encrypted, giving you a new way to communicate on Signal without compromising privacy,” Greyson Parrelli, Signal’s lead Android app developer, wrote in a post. forum post(Opens in a new window).

Signal users can also choose to share their stories with all of their contacts, or with a custom list of friends or groups. “When you share stories with groups, anyone else in that group can see, share, react, and respond to that group story,” Parrelli added.

New Signal Stories tab (Credit: Signal)

Signal has rolled out stories for beta testers, which means only they can see the stories posted on the service, for now.

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The app likely adopted the feature to help attract more users to Signal. The service is best known for offering end-to-end encryption, which means that Signal itself cannot see any user messages sent to the platform. This made the app particularly appealing to people who value privacy. However, Signal also competes with other services, including Meta’s Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, all of which have their own stories-like features.

If you’re not a fan, Signal says people can turn off the Stories feature by going to settings. Interested users can try out the stories feature by registration(Opens in a new window) themselves as a beta tester. They can also provide feedback in the Signal community forums(Opens in a new window).

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